I stumbled upon this excellent infographic through a post on Reddit, and it got me thinking about the role the rise of modern veganism on the decrease in meat consumption in the United States. Through some research on the topic, I have come to discover that only 1% of the US population reported to be vegetarian or vegan in 2009, wherein we see a relatively high figure of 190.9 pounds of meat consumed per person based on the statistics provided in the infographic above by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). By just last year (2015), this figure has moved substantially to be around the 5% mark of individuals reporting to be vegetarian or vegan.
Given that a meat based diet has been popular in the United States from very early days, it is a unique time that we live in to see such a rise (4% of the total population in the U.S. is huge!). The Plant-Smart movement is becoming increasingly popular as portrayed in the rise of veggie based diets, documentaries, media outlets, and vegan targeted products. It is no surprise that as meat consumption is decreasing, the number of vegans and vegetarians around the country are increasing in substantial numbers.